Thread: Speculation: Justin Schultz's extension
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02-26-2014, 01:45 PM
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I definitely disagree with a bridge contract on Schultz.

If they see his progression (in terms of worth in $) as going like this:

Year - Value
1 - 1.5
2 - 3
3 - 5
4 - 5
5 - 6.5
6 - 6.5

then why sign him to a 2 year deal for $2.5M just to sign him to a 4+ year deal afterwards at $5.75M/year+ when you can get him for 6 years at $4.5M/year right from the start?

Even if his actual value in years 4-7 is closer to:

4 - 3
5 - 4
6 - 4
7 - 4

Yeah, you could save $500K or so on his overall cap hit if he doesn't pan out as expected, but you can get him at a bargain of close to $2M a year against the cap if he does. That's not even taking into account the value of a $4M defenseman today and what that same player will be signing for 2 years from now.

The only argument for a bridge deal that I can see would be if we were tight against the cap this year and next, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

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